Johnny’s Reef

Johnny’s Reef

Frannie Z


It’s where City Island

meets the Sound.

Since 1950,

in a grand though illicit tradition,

after gobbling fresh fish and


people salute the seagulls

with not-quite empty

paper dishes.


Some make bets

on how long

It will take.


Some wager

on how many.


But those who claim a real sporting instinct,

also bet

On whether they’ll gulp the slaw.


The cats will clean up the rest.


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